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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

Prince Arthur, later Duke of Connaught (1850-1942) in costume 7 - 7 Apr 1859

Albumen print hand-coloured with watercolour | 10.3 x 8 cm (image) | RCIN 2914287

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Hand-coloured photograph of a full length portrait of Prince Arthur, later Duke of Connaught (1850-1942) standing, facing slightly to the left. He turns his head to face the camera and poses with his right arm over a chair. The Prince wears the costume of the sons of King Henry IV based on those worn by actors in the final scene of Charles Kean's production of Richard II, performed at Windsor Castle in February 1857 which he wore at the Bal Costume on the 7 April 1859. 

The fancy dress ball was held to celebrate Prince Leopold's sixth birthday, and was attended by children between the ages of 6 and 14.
  • Creator(s)

    Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

    Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught (1850-1942)
    Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-84)
  • 10.3 x 8 cm (image)

  • Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

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